The Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN) and Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) received the Chairperson of the Olof Palme International Center’s Board of Directors Ms. Lena Hjelm-Wallén in a short solidarity program at the LEARN Workers’ House in Quezon City, Tuesday July 6, 2010.
Wallén served as a Deputy Prime Minister of the Swedish Parliament and had occupied several cabinet positions. Her visit to the Philippines as an OPIC official is a result of the strong and long-standing international linkages between OPIC and LEARN and APL over the years.
During the meeting, LEARN and APL staff had the chance to introduce themselves to the guest while Secretary-General Josua Mata gave a short discussion on the labor, economic and political situations in the country. Migration issues were also tackled on which Wallén listened attentively on the plight of OFWs. Wallén is expected to visit other areas in the Philippines to see the development of the different projects that OPIC supported through the years in cooperation with LEARN and APL.